Although this essay was written almost 30 years ago it amazed me at the pure racism he experienced. To him, seeming intimidating to others is discomforting. However, her running away from him was excessive, and made one feel as if that could have been because of his race.
We try our best to look presentable to society. He goes on to explain how she ran away from him simply because he was black. Making his presence known also establishes the simple fact Staples is not trying anything.
It was through these powerful details that Staples got the reader too imagine how one would feel if this happened to them. Although he said he understood why women feel threatened at times it is unfair that a grown man needs to whistle a tune so he is not mistaken as harmful.
The intended audience could be anyone really, particularly people struggling with racism themselves.
If he is perceived as a threat despite his normal, calm behaviour that is because the perception of the others is altered. What if they were never given the opportunity because someone judged them before giving them a chance?
Staples explains how he sees the reactions of people to how he looks. One feels that Staples is going to victimize this woman, who is walking alone at night, but as the essay continues you realize he is focusing on himself.
This alteration is based on the stereotype according to which all black men are poor, uneducated and violent, therefore representing a constant threat.
His anecdotes help the reader understand in first person what it was like for him as a young black male in Chicago.
He is considered to be a dangerous person and he is aware that for the average white people he is impersonates roles such the rapist, the robber, etc.
I grew up one of the good boys, had perhaps a half-dozen fistfights. We'll email to you the Microsoft Word file within 10 hours.
He had said nothing to her and did nothing to provoke her fear. The magazine established to show how women were equal to men, and here was an essay to show women that black men were also equal. He never comes out and says why he is writing the narrative, it is like an underlined meaning you have to read into or just understand by yourself.
If night-walking pedestrians could see past his exterior, they would see a soft-hearted individual rather than the fearsome and intimidating monster they paint for themselves. Black Men and Public Space" is deemed canonical  and the state of the American school system.
Staples recognized when he made a woman fear him, he was introduced to a moment of racial segregation. In order to support this argument, he also tells the story of a colleague of his who was investigating a crime in order to write an article while the police think he could be the criminal only because he was black.
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Works Cited Cohen, Samuel. It is outrageous how criminality and violence are associated with blacks only under the circumstances when there are so many white poor illiterate Americans as well and when the criminality rate amongst white is big as well.Black Men and Public Space Brent Staples Brent Staples (b.
), the oldest of nine children, was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. His father was a truck driver who lost his job along with 40, other workers in the s because of plant closings in the area. The family was reduced to poverty.
"Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space" by Brent Staples. AP Multiple Choice Practice. "Black Men and Public Space" is a short narrative written by Brent Staples. Staples begins by stating his first "victim" was a white woman in Chicago.
As she avoids him hastily, Staples comes to realize that she is frightened by his appearance; large, black and intimidating. Nov 11, · I don't think the young black men have the same effect on public space now as when Staples wrote this. I think now it's more on physical appearance than skin color.
Like we were saying in class, I'd be more afraid of a white guy in a hoodie than a black man in a suit. When Brent Staples published his piece, “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space”, in Ms. magazine it was very controversial.
He was a black man, for starters, writing about racial profiling, and. When Brent Staples published his piece, “Just Walk On By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space”, in Ms. magazine it was very controversial.
He was a black man, for starters, writing about racial profiling, and he was writing in a feminists' magazine inDownload